Sharks in Focus 2013 Judges

Our panel of judges was made up of three renowned experts in the field of underwater photography:


Alex Mustard.Alex Mustard

Alexander Mustard is an underwater photographer, marine biologist and author. His images are well known for their distinctive style that makes them instantly recognisable, often with bright, strong colours and simple, yet memorable compositions. His work has won many awards and gained international recognition.

Alex has revealed his secrets in articles, lectures and workshops. His innovative approach to underwater photography and his generosity with his knowledge has earned him a unique reputation within the underwater photography community.

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Micheal Aw.Michael Aw

Michael Aw is an internationally recognised nature photographer, author and conservationist who has won multiple awards for his work. Both his essays and images have been featured in BBC Wildlife, National Geographic, the Smithsonian, Nature, Ocean Geographic, Asian Geographic and  Nature Focus, among many others.

Michael is an active member of the Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and a fellow international of the Explorers Club. He is also the project director of the Elysium Epic imagery expedition to document the flora and fauna of the Antarctic Peninsula to South Georgia.

Artistic statement:

Don't just take a photograph, compose a picture instead. Shoot from the heart.

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Andy Murch

Andy Murch is a freelance Photojournalist specialising in sharks and rays. He is the creator of the Elasmodiver Shark and Ray Field Guide, The CEO of Big Fish Expeditions and the founder of the Predators in Peril Project.

Andy spends much of his free time tracking down endangered sharks that are yet to be photographed, as he recognises the need to promote the fragile position of lesser known sharks. His images have been used by many conservation organisations including; WWF, IUCN, Shark Alliance, Ocean Conservancy and the Shark Trust. You’ve probably seen some of his work on our website!

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Sharks in Focus 2013 was supported by:

Diver Magazine Logo.   National Marine Aquarium Logo.   Charles Hood Photography Logo.